Dressing as fruit is a thing guys. I will take guesses in the comments as to what fruit I am, and points if you can point out three identifying markers.
I made this sleeveless blouse / shirt last year but never got around to taking photos and talking about it.
It’s a total stash buster this one. The collar is made from a very small piece of silk that was in the bag of fabric gifted from a family friend, as is the placket. The collar piece was one that I really wanted to find a special use for. The buttons were from the rather extensive collection belonging to my sister that I have been stewarding while she is overseas.
The body of the shirt is made from some sort of brocaded poly / light weight cotton given to me by my sister when I visited her Christmas 2014. It was not pleasant to cut out or sew, so the fact that I have a wearable garment at all is a miracle!
I used Simplicity 7214, a vintage pattern from the late 60s given to me / us by a family friend – a different one from the bag of fabric treats. I’ve made this shirt pattern a few times. It’s very simple: no yoke, one piece collar, no darts or other shaping elements. I have, however, redrafted the collar piece so that no one starts asking me whether I love the nightlife and / or love to boogie.
(I feel the need to point out that this pattern has a printing error on the cover, in that it’s totally out of focus in a headache inducing way. This is not only the result of my low-fi photography!)
For this iteration of the pattern, I made it sleeveless for those occasional unbearable, norwest, summer days we get here. I made bias binding to bind the edges of the sleeves with, as facing on a sleeveless arm-hole really grinds my gears!
Don’t normally wear a lot of pink, but quite happy with the result.
One of our clients at work calls this my “showgirl shirt”. Clearly he’s never been to Vegas! But I do like that it stands out – even from the rest of my colourful wardrobe – as something a bit fun and showy. And I have enjoyed pairing it with my new green trousers for even more retina overload.
Nutritional fun fact: this outfit can count as part of your 5+ a day.